It’s your first Job Interview tomorrow. The interview is for one of the many jobs you’ve applied for in the past month after graduation. After receiving the good news, your hands start to grow numb. You’re starting to feel butterflies in your stomach. It’s not a very good feeling. You wanted this job so much, and now that you have a chance to be interviewed for it you feel that you might just not be ready enough to handle the responsibility. Perspiration starts to slide down your face. This odd feeling leave you thinking if you did the right thing applying for the job.
The next day, a few hours before your first interview, you feel like backing out. It seems that the pressure is just too much for you to take right now. But then you realize that you really must push through with the interview lest you become jobless all your life. So you muster all your strength, and take the interview. A few days later you receive a response from your employer that you are hired, and perfect for your job. You inhale and exhale a few times, knowing that you’ve passed a big test, one that will certainly define your career.
Now looking back it seems that the challenge was not that hard at all. It was all just in your mind. And it leaves you asking what could have caused that undesirable feeling of self-doubt and panic.
What you got into my friend was a strong bout of Anxiety. Yes, Anxiety can be a very potent force in keeping even the most determined individuals from taking a step forward. Anxiety can leave you mentally paralyzed from making reasoned judgments for fear of failure or rejection, or for a variety of reasons.
There are several ways to combat anxiety. The first step is to recognize and accept that you have anxiety problems. You can then approach the problem by realizing what situations can give you anxiety. You then work on those issues and try to determine a good scenario to solve them, or a good way to calm your mind before making any decisions on them. Anxiety attacks usually come when there is overpowering pressure being applied on someone. To face this pressure you must try to think logically, and do not tell yourself that there’s no use of trying or that you will fail without even trying in the first place. Give yourself some breathing exercises or count one to ten before going over any decision. During anxiety attacks you will certainly make rash decisions which might be detrimental or can even cause you more pressure. What you want to achieve at this point, is the capacity to still think logically amidst the situation, to be able to sort out a better solution to the problem.
If the anxiety still persists, a calming walk, a cup of tea or even light music can give you some distractions to help you steer away your mind temporarily. After which you can come back with a clear head to deal with things.
And if the anxiety still continues, amidst all your caution and proper response to it, you may seek medical advice.